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“In Or Out”

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Sermon Outline

Are you IN or are you OUT?


Common tools used to determine one's status with God include...

  • Our Mood
  • Our Morals
  • Our Momentum

These tools are all inadequate because they are dependent on our feelings and behaviors.


1. The Calling

Matthew 20:1-7 NKJV"For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4 and said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.' So they went. 5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, 'Why have you been standing here idle all day?' 7 They said to him, 'Because no one hired us.' He said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive.'

Compare your life to a 12-hour clock.

What time is your clock on?


2. The Culmination

Matthew 20:8 NKJV"So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, 'Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.'


3. The Confusion

Matthew 20:9-12 NKJV"And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. 10 But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. 11 And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, 12 saying, 'These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.'

“To a graceless neck, the yoke of Christ is intolerable, but, to the saved sinner, it is easy and light. We may judge ourselves by this: do we love that yoke or do we wish to cast it from us?” —Charles Spurgeon


4. The Clarification

Matthew 20:13-16 NKJV"But he answered one of them and said, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?' 16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen."

  • Gifts are given at the discretion of the giver.
  • Gifts are not payment for debts, they are unearned treasures.

Are you IN or are you OUT?